When you choose to shower instead of using a bucket for bathing because you find it more refreshing, remember there are people living in Indian villages who scrounge for a few drops of water to drink. In spite of many government policies to save water, the government wasn’t doing much about it!
But we have people like Rajender Singh, who became the ‘Water Man of India’.
He worked and rescued the underprivileged!
Rajasthan is a desert where ‘thirst’ has a different meaning.
People here follow rich traditional water harvesting methods to save those few drops that turn into a lifesaver.
More than a decade ago, Rajender along with his friends decided to do something.
Their work would have been doubly hard without the water-starved people who lived there and we struggling for survival.
They took help from the people who lived there, to help them in turn.
They gave villagers a simple task of reviving people’s knowledge and using their traditional water harvesting system.
They all came up with ideas of harvesting that could work and decided to rebuilt ‘johads’. A johad is a rainwater storage tank that collects and stores water throughout the year, to be used for the purpose of drinking by humans and cattle.
Their future was put in their own hands.
Men and women ardently worked together day and night and contributed to the effort.
Water is often the dividing line between poverty and prosperity.
They effort and ideas worked. Things started to change as the water table started to rise.
Water improved the agrarian society, now surrounded by lush green forest, and facilitated them to built a sanctuary along the side of the johads.
With the rise in the water table, the Arvari river came back to life.
That did not happen in a flash; it took years of effort to make this miracle happen.
238 small- and medium-sized johads were built through 70 villages by 1994, and the 45-km-long Arvari was in full flow.
These contrasting visuals of Rajasthan are almost unbelievable; they prove communities and villages can change their future.
Village after village worked to change their fortunes by adopting the method of johads.
Watch the whole video to understand the effort and contribution they made to change their own future with the help of Rajinder Singh.